Libertines to decide future after Reading And Leeds Festivals

Reunited band tell NME the next two gigs are 'crucial' for them

The Libertines are likely to decide whether they will continue to stay together as a band following their performances at Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend (August 27-29).

The band, who have reunited especially for the Main Stage gigs, play Leeds this evening (August 27) and Reading tomorrow. In an interview you can read in full in this week’s issue of NME (out nationwide now and also available digitally worldwide), they admitted that the next two days are “crucial” for them.

Drummer Gary Powell also revealed that he thinks they will decide directly after tomorrow’s performance whether to carry on.

“I think that decision will actually come at that point of time,” he said, adding that the band “would love to continue doing this”, if the shows go to plan.

The interview also includes a host of behind-the-scenes pictures from the band’s rehearsal sessions.

Meanwhile, Carl Barat also added that he thinks the chemistry is still there between him and co-frontman Pete Doherty.

“As people, we’re the same as ever,” Barat said. “It’s like gentle fires are warming the corridors of our hearts that have been cold since the splitting up.”

Watch the BBC’s footage of The Libertines playing ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ this weekend:

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